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Control Yuan sends back unused portion of budget

NOT NEEDED With the Yuan's membership still vacant due to the pan-blue dislike of Chen Shui-bian's picks, the body gave back NT$100 million it didn't use

CNA , TAIPEI

With the confirmation of Control Yuan nominees still blocked in the Legislative Yuan, around NT$100 million (US$3.13 million) from last year's budget that was not used has been returned to the national coffers, a Control Yuan official reported yesterday.

Tu Shan-liang (杜善良), secretary-general of the Control Yuan, also said that the budget for the Control Yuan for this year has been frozen until new Control Yuan members assume their posts.

Tu's remarks came a year after the last Control Yuan -- the nation's watchdog over the other four branches of government -- expired in January last year. The successors nominated by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) have been blocked ever since by the opposition-controlled legislature, which is dissatisfied with the nominees, especially the nominated president, Clement Chang (張建邦).

Tu noted that between February and December last year, the Control Yuan received 16,053 petitions from the public and reports from the related government agencies and 3,756 cases concerning the asset reports of public functionaries and the filing of political donations.

Tu said that in line with the Constitution and the Control Law (洗錢防制法), 11,617 of those cases require the Control Yuan members to exercise their authority, but none have been addressed because no Control Yuan members are in service.

He also said that the Control Yuan used to receive more than 1,400 petitions every month, but that number has dwindled to around 500 or 600 cases because the public knows that the Control Yuan's seats are vacant.

Although there are presently no Control Yuan members to oversee probes into the operations of the Executive Yuan and its subordinate organizations, Control Yuan staff have gone ahead and collected information or made on-site investigations, he said.

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